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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Young at Heart: 7 Ways for Adults to Nurture Their Inner Child

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Some days, I feel very old. Today was one of those days. My kids asked me to blow bubbles with them after dinner, and all I could see was a pile of dishes, bills, and dust bunnies screaming my name. Have you ever felt that way? Instead of getting stuck in adulthood, let's rediscover our youthfulness and relearn how to play. As we cultivate play in our daily lives, we'll also become more imaginative, resourceful, and relaxed. Who's in? Here are seven playful ways to become young at heart.

Play With Your Kids

Whether you chase lightning bugs, build a giant city of blocks, or assemble a puzzle, play helps you feel young. It also relieves stress and reminds you that life really isn't all about work, bills, and cleaning. Life is fun, and it's good to be alive. I'm grateful that play time with my kids reminds me of these facts.

Color

Coloring books aren't just for kids. Adult coloring books have gotten very popular and are available in almost every retail store. Find one with animals, mandalas, or inspirational quotes, and take time to get creative and relax the stress away. No one cares if you stay inside the lines, and you'll have fun as you enjoy the health benefits of coloring.

Go Outside

When was the last time you spent time outside? I'm a huge outdoor play advocate because fresh air provides our bodies with so many benefits, and it's fun, too. Make time today to hike, swim, camp, and explore the great outdoors. Adventure awaits, and it's time to spark your youthful spirit.

Upcyle Old Stuff

I spent some time looking around my basement last weekend, and I found a bunch of treasures. The changing table my girls used when they were babies will make a great entertainment center, and one of our old dining room chairs can be hung on the wall and used as a pot and pan holder. What old items do you have in your house that could be upcycled? Pull your creativity and curiosity out of hiding when you upcycle. These projects allow you to be innovative and resourceful, and you'll have fun as you create unique recycled goods.

Celebrate

When my girls were little, I celebrated every accomplishment: their first word, their first step, and even their first tinkle in the potty. So why not celebrate today? Birthdays, holidays, or any day is a great time to celebrate the fact that life is good. Plan a party for no reason or treat yourself to a celebration today. You'll feel happier, healthier, and youthful.

Join a Club

Are you into sports, books, or knitting? Join a civic, community, hobby, or spiritual group and spend time cultivating your interests. You'll have fun, find satisfaction, and feel more positive as you enjoy doing something you love. As a bonus, your club membership allows you to meet like-minded people who share your interests, remind you that you are important, and revitalize your passions.

Learn Something New

It's easy for us adults to get stuck in a rut. Spice up your routine, take back your life, and learn something new. Try a new recipe for dinner, learn how to speak Portuguese, or take flying lessons. Reignite your inner child as you learn something new today.

No matter how old you are in biological years, you can be young at heart. I encourage you to do one of these seven playful activities. They're fun and remind you that you are creative, innovative, and resourceful, so let's play today!

Find more about the author: Kim Hart

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